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The 25 Saddest Anime Quotes That Make You Cry Every Time

Updated July 27, 2020 61.2k votes 13.3k voters 326.9k views25 items

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Animation plays a crucial part in the evocative power of anime, but dialogue can provide equally stimulating emotional moments for viewers to weep about on their couches.

The saddest anime quotes cover loss, trauma, depression, and a number of other upsetting moments that are unique to the style. Certain sad anime lines display a bleak outlook on life, as is evidenced by nearly everything that comes out of Hikigaya's mouth on OreGairu.

Get the tissues ready.

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  • "I'm fine, except... It's a terrible day for rain."

    Roy drops this line just after Maes Hughes's funeral. While it's generally not considered weird to be sad at a funeral, Roy fails to own up to his inner devastation. Rather than admit to crying, he blames his tears on a nonexistent rainstorm. 

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    Ann Reads Letters From Her Mom In 'Violet Evergarden'

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    "Happy birthday, Ann. You've lived for 20 years now. That's amazing. But remember that even adults are allowed to complain sometimes. Whenever you're feeling down, remember that I am with you. Ann. I will always, always be watching over you."

    Throughout the entire episode, Ann doesn't understand why her ailing mother would rather spend her last days writing letters with Violet instead of spending time with her. But after her mother's death, she receives a letter from her mom on her eighth birthday. It is revealed that her mother wrote letters to Ann for every birthday that she would miss. In an incredibly moving montage, we watch as Ann grows up reading a new letter from her mom every year, proving that she's still with her.

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    Kaori Tells Kousei She Loves Him In 'Your Lie In April'

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    "Was I able to live inside someone’s heart? Was I able to live inside your heart? Do you think you’ll remember me at least a little? You’d better not hit 'reset!' Don’t forget me, okay? That’s a promise, okay? I’m glad it’s you, after all. Will I reach you? I hope I can reach you.” 

    In the final conclusion of Your Lie In April, Kousei reads Kaori's last letter to him after her death. She reveals the lie that she told in April and confesses her love to him. She expresses her hopes that he'll never forget her. Kousei reaffirms this vow and promises that he'll continue playing piano. This beautiful ending reveals the profound impact Kaori had on Kousei's life.

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  • "Even if I'm worthless, and carry demon blood... thank you, for loving me!"

    Portgas D. Ace sacrifices himself to save his brother from a magma-based attack during a battle with the Marines. Before he dies, he thanks Luffy and the other pirates for their love. 

    After Ace gives up his life, he feels he like he doesn't deserve to die, making the scene even more of a tearjerker.

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